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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Peter Madsen BONNERUP

Born C.1890 [2]
In the 1910s shifted from Zeehan, Tasmania, Australia to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [P126]
Shifted to Western Australia in 1920 - resided in the Perth suburb of Nedlands 1920-1923 and in South Perth 1923 onwards [P126]
Patent Attorney with his own practise in Saint George's Terrace in Perth [P127]
On 24 July 1926 purchased 6,002 acres of virgin land in Carnamah from the Midland Railway Company [27]
     The 6,002 acres was south of Five Gums and consisted of Lots M1484, M1485 and M1663 of Victoria Location 2022 [27]
     The total cost of the farm was £2,551/9/10, which he paid for in instalments over 20 years [27]
Absentee Farmer of Minjin Farm south of Five Gums in the Carnamah district [0: images 02710, 04428]
     Never resided on the farm in Carnamah, however visited from time to time to check on things [P127]
     Entered into partnership with Hans HENNING-TVERMOES who ran the farm - traded as "Bonnerup & Henning" [6] [60] [P127]
     His son Henry worked with Hans on the farm from 1931 and then took over the running of the farm in 1934 [P127]
After a business trip to London, England returned via France on the Mooltan, arriving in Fremantle WA on 14 February 1928 [63] [P127]
In 1927-28 he was the owner of a Ford truck registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with licence plate CA-190 [325]
He was the owner of a Fiat car with license plate CA-59 in 1932 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Offered a £5 reward for 100 sheep stolen or strayed from his Carnamah farm in July 1933 [5: 14-Jul-1933]
      The missing or stolen sheep from his Carnamah farm were earmarked TL and branded EIN [5]
Wrote to the Carnamah District Road Board in August 1934, complaining about the condition of the road past Five Gums [5: 31-Aug-1934]
     In March 1935 he again wrote to the Road Board and requested a road be made to his property at Five Gums [5: 15-Mar-1935]
     His second letter appears to have been successful as at their monthly meeting the Road Board decided to "move in the matter" [5]
Sold 131 wethers from his Carnamah farm at the Midland Market on 17 July 1935, receiving prices of 21/7, 20/4 and 16/4 [5: 19-Jul-1935]
Sold nine of bales of wool from his Carnamah on 25 November 1935 - 5 at 16½d., 2 at 16d., and 4 at 15¾d. per pound [5: 29-Nov-1935]
After a short holiday with his son in Carnamah he returned to Perth on Monday 10 August 1936 [5: 14-Aug-1936]
William A. TURNER, Francis B. O'GRADY and Joseph G. DRISCOLL shore 403 sheep on his farm on Friday 28 August 1936 [5]
     The number of sheep shorn by the three men, all of Carnamah, was claimed to be a district shearing record [5: 4-Sep-1936]
After a visit to Carnamah himself and his wife returned to Perth on Monday 28 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Sold 19 bales of wool from his farm through Elder Smith & Co Ltd in 1936 - 18 bales at 15¾d. and 1 at 14¼d. per pound [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Patron of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1936-37 and 1937-38 [89]
From 1937 to 1940 his farm was telephone number Inering-15, and from 1941 to 1947 was telephone number Carnamah-50K [60]
Resided on The Esplanade in South Perth in 1939 [0: image 03852]
In mid 1943 spent a holiday on his Minjin Farm near Five Gums with his son Henry and daughter-in-law Beatrice [0: image 04224]
During the 1946-47 financial year sold his Minjin Farm in Carnamah to Gordon H. and Kenneth W. BODYCOAT [3]
Held a clearing sale at Minjin on 24 January 1947 to sell his plant, machinery, produce, furniture, horses, cattle and sheep [0: image 04428]
Resided in the Perth suburb of South Perth until his death in 1976 [2]
Husband of Alice [2]
Father of Henry [P127]
Died 8 September 1976; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, Lawn 7, 144) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Peter Madsen Bonnerup' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/peter-madsen-bonnerup [sources]




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